Amash: 'High-level' Republicans privately thanked me for supporting Trump impeachment

Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashSanders co-chair: Greenwald charges could cause 'chilling effect on journalism across the world' Trump rails against impeachment in speech to Texas farmers Overnight Defense: Foreign policy takes center stage at Democratic debate | House delivers impeachment articles to Senate | Dems vow to force new vote on Trump's border wall MORE (Mich.), who announced last week that he was leaving the GOP to become an independent, said Sunday that "high-level" Republican officials have thanked him for his support of impeachment proceedings against President TrumpDonald John TrumpCNN's Don Lemon explains handling of segment after Trump criticism NPR reporter after Pompeo clash: Journalists don't interview government officials to score 'political points' Lawyer says Parnas can't attend Senate trial due to ankle bracelet MORE

Amash, who had been the only GOP member of Congress to support impeachment proceedings against the president, made the comments while appearing on CNN's "State of the Union." 

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Asked by host Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperRepublican senator: Trump's Schiff tweet not a 'death threat' Impeachment manager says senators should vote for witnesses as a 'favor' to the country GOP senator defends Trump amid Parnas recording: 'Certainly the president meets a lot of people' MORE what he's been hearing privately from Republicans following his decision to leave the party, Amash said people have texted and called him to say "thank you for what you’re doing."

"When I was discussing impeachment, I had fellow colleagues and other Republicans, high-level officials, contacting me, saying, 'Thank you for what you’re doing,'" he added. "So there are lots of Republicans out there who are saying these things privately, but there not saying it publicly, and I think that’s a problem for our country."

"It’s a problem for the Republican Party, it’s a problem for the Democratic Party when people aren’t allowed to speak out. So I think we really need the American people to stand up and say, 'Hey. Enough is enough. We’ve had it with these two parties trying to ram their partisan nonsense down our throats.'"

Amash announced he was leaving the Republican Party in an op-ed published in The Washington Post on Independence Day. 

"Today, I am declaring my independence and leaving the Republican Party," Amash wrote. "No matter your circumstance, I’m asking you to join me in rejecting the partisan loyalties and rhetoric that divide and dehumanize us. I’m asking you to believe that we can do better than this two-party system — and to work toward it. If we continue to take America for granted, we will lose it."

The decision came less than two months after Amash said that former Special Counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerSchiff: Trump acquittal in Senate trial would not signal a 'failure' Jeffries blasts Trump for attack on Thunberg at impeachment hearing Live coverage: House Judiciary to vote on impeachment after surprise delay MORE's report showed that Trump engaged in impeachable conduct. The congressman said in a series of tweets at the time that Mueller's investigation identified "multiple examples of conduct satisfying all the elements of obstruction of justice."
 
Amash said in late May that some of his Republican colleagues had sympathized with his remarks on impeachment. 
 
Trump tweeted last week that it was "great news" Amash was leaving the GOP, deriding the lawmaker as the "dumbest and most disloyal" man in Congress.